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> Doesn't that depend upon the degree of irreverence and the author? Would
> you drive away Ogden Nash?
Aren't we dealing with arithmetic here, not reverence or irreverence? There were many on the list. Threads were often long & generated interest. Many participated.
No one or two or three writers made up the overwhelming bulk of list traffic. No one ever really objected to off topic posts because there were not many and they didn't dominate list culture.
Then it changed. The change is measurable in number of contributors. And one or tw posters simply spam the list endlessly.